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article imageWinners open up backstage at the Oscars

By Tim O'Brien     Feb 27, 2013 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences start to prepare for next year’s Oscar telecast, it is time to go backstage and check out some quotes from the winners.
Some of what gets said is out and about but other quotable quips get left behind. Here are some.
With its “Argo” win, it meant the producers won the awards. So, Ben Affleck did win, despite not being nominated for director. If he did not get a producer credit he would not have been able to take home the trophy. The award went to Grant Heslov, Affleck and George Clooney.
To get an idea of what happened when they were backstage, here is this exchange. When asked what they thought the turning point for the film was, Clooney said “Michelle Obama.” Heslov noted, "Tonight” and Affleck suggested, “When they gave us the trophies I was confident that we would win.”
The Michelle Obama presentation was the talk, positive and negative. That has been covered. So, what about the film? Affleck said they all have “a tremendous respect for what the Foreign Service sacrifices and goes through and that we, I think, gained further appreciation for that as we shot the movie and visited the State Department.”
He went on. “I know Secretary Clinton a little bit and Secretary Kerry a little bit better so we were able to shoot in the... I'm not sure that that's why, but from my sort of distant acquaintanceship with both of those secretaries, I've really picked up an appreciation for what the State Department does…”
The one lock was actor and Daniel Day-Lewis had plenty of practice this award season. He is also well-known for immersing himself into the character he portrays. “Lincoln” was no different. Much of the buzz for him was the idea that on and off set, during filming, he was referred to as “Mr. President.” Did he get any grief playing an American president while not being American? “Well, I got plenty of grief from myself starting imagining doing it. I mean, it certainly had a paralyzing quality if we got it wrong, which was perfectly possible, quite likely even, that I might not be able to show my face in this country again. So, yeah. But grief from the outside, not yet, no.”
Jennifer Lawrence, who made Oscar history by tripping on the way up, took it all in stride. When asked, her reply. “What went through my mind when I fell down? A bad word that I can't say that starts with "F.” When she was asked if she was worried about peaking early, her quick quip was, “Well, now I am.” She even liked the boob song. “I loved the boob song,” she said. “I thought he was great, I thought he was hilarious.” All the charm showed through with her this award season. Having Jack Nicholson hit on her was, perhaps, the icing on the cake.
Director Ang Lee, who was spotted eating a famous In-N-Out burger after the show with Oscar in hand, has been here before. Lee now has the distinction of have won two director Oscars while his films did not. Here is what he shared about that. “Well, the Best Picture requires so many things. Is it necessarily the best picture artistically, I don't know. It's just most people, they feel like it's the most beloved movie this year by our industry."
When Anne Hathaway won, it was expected. Her roughly 12-15 minutes of screen time in “Les Miserables” paid off if nothing else than for singing “I Dreamed a Dream” the way she did. After all, this is a supporting role. On her role, Hathaway said, “Playing Fantine, having to connect with the darkness of life, and I think maybe more to the point, the unnecessary suffering that human beings can inflict on each other, I would have loved to have gone home and forgotten about that every day, but you just can't because it exists…”
In one of the most competitive races, Christoph Waltz won supporting actor. It was his second and his second in a film by Quentin Tarantino. “When I read the script for the first time, I realized that there was something special about this film. I know Quentin, and I read the pages more or less as they came out of the printer. Page by page I realized that something special is in the making,” he said.
As Adele was one of the highlights for many, let’s include song. After years of having this category fall off a bit, it has come back strong. This award was given to both Adele and Paul Epworth. She has now won Grammy and an Oscar. This is her reply for trying to conquer EGOT. That would be winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. “I don't know. Maybe I'll do like an HBO special like Beyoncé did. And then a Tony, I'm not so sure. That may be one day maybe someone might want me to do a musical.”
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